David Bowie, Laura Ashley

Conflict Wallpaper


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David Bowie (English, 1947-2016).

Printed by Laura Ashley

David Bowie’s legacy is a work of art in itself; his ever-changing music and appearance became iconic within his body of work, much like stanzas within a visual artist’s oeuvre — in this case, Lichtenstein’s comic strip-inspired compositions. Bowie’s ability to reinvent himself was as unforgettable as his music, and he never failed to shock and then delight.   

A collaboration between David Bowie and designer Laura Ashley has that initially unexpected but then beguiling impact. 10-15 full rolls of wallpaper were printed on the occasion of Bowie’s exhibition New Afro Pagan Work: 1975-1995 at a London gallery. The design features Lucian Freud’s nude self-portrait submerged in a Damien Hirst-like tank. The repeated image is set against a backdrop of traditional English chintz and exemplifies noteworthy imagery in 20th-century art, offset by a floral pattern ubiquitous of the Laura Ashley aesthetic. 

The collision of art, life, fashion & music has yielded remarkable mashups of culture, such as Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground record cover or Takashi Murakami’s Louis Vuitton bags. When the avant-garde meets the utilitarian, memorable creations result and the present lots fulfill that unpredictably delicious recipe.

This piece is final sale and not eligible for return.

Condition Report
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Roll partially examined.

First 8 inches of the rolled sheet with minor wear at edges.

Two areas of adhesive remnants.

Verso with pale, slightly uneven discoloration.

Height: 21 inches / 53.34 cm
Diameter: 2.25 inches / 5.71 cm

Sheet: Width 21.00 in / 53.35 cm, Length 393.70 in / 1000 cm

Decorative Style
Modern Style
Country of Origin
United Kingdom


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